KARL VOICE OVER: Steph Scully was a beloved member of the Erinsborough community.
We see clips of Steph from her arrival in Ramsay Street in 1999, her non- weddings to Marc Lambert in 2002 and Toadie in 2008, her wedding to Max Hoyland in 2004.
KARL VOICE OVER: A proud wife and mother.
We see clips of Steph giving birth to Charlie in 2006.
KARL VOICE OVER: A loyal friend.
We see clips of Steph hanging out with Toadie.
KARL VOICE OVER: Until a series of fateful events changed the course of her life.
We see clips of Steph knocking down Ringo, being sentenced to 6 years in prison, her first day in jail in 2010.
KARL VOICE OVER: After 3 years in jail she came back to Ramsay Street but her demons came to haunt her again and then she did the unthinkable.
We see clips of Steph being released; taking Patrick but thinking he was Adam and being arrested for taking Adam.
KARL VOICE OVER: And now she's back. The question is why?
We see then arrive to the present day and Steph rocking up to the garage.
Tyler interviews Steph for the job unaware that she's previously worked there. He's curious to know why she's only listed her last employer despite stating she's been a mechanic for 10 years. “You're only as good as your last job,” she replies and encourages him instead to call her old boss in Bendigo. Tyler offers her a trial day to see how things go, which she readily agrees to.
Imogen isn't sure whether to look at Naomi's farewell gift for her, more because of how it was obtained and the effect it may have on her career if she's caught with it. Despite his sister telling him he shouldn't look at it, Josh wants to, partially to see if it's got anything on it about Paul trying to frame him.
Aaron is showing his gratitude for being allowed to stay over by cooking up a fantastic brekkie for everyone before he goes off to do a circuit party job. Karl volunteers to accompany Aaron to the booking as he's got the day off and is extremely curious!
Tyler talks Steph through a job that has come in and she's worked out what was wrong with it (Tyler forgot to tighten something). He's puzzled when Steph knows exactly where to find the equipment to do the repair and she quickly says that it was logical. She then laughs off him commenting that it, “seems like you've been working here longer than me.”
Josh reports to Imogen what was on the USB – a couple of files and a password protected folder he couldn't get into. Despite not wanting to know more, she does read one of the things Josh has printed off – an email saying that Erinsborough High School is being sold off (the buildings are being bought by Eden Grammar) and she's now worried for her dad/sister.
Sheila is too busy texting a reply to Naomi so ropes in the newly arrived Nate to fix some drinks for a customer. Aaron, who has accompanied him into the bar, says that he is hopeful that if things go well at the circuit party, it could lead to more job opportunities. “It's all thanks to you,” he adds and Nate is confused as he thought it was due to Naomi but Aaron explains that it was due to his encouragement to be honest that has brought him the extra work.
Having overheard their conversation, Sheila strongly suggests that Nate should accompany Aaron to it (after being enlightened by the LGBTI patrons when she was curious). “No thanks,” he replies but then ponders his decision after Sheila follows up her suggestion by adding more of what will be happening at it.
Steph helps Amy unload some supplies from her Ute after seeing her struggle. They introduce themselves to each other and after Steph mentions she's on trial, Amy hopes she gets the job to help break the male dominance in the area.
Josh pops round to check with Susan if what he's heard about the school being sold is true. She laughs off his suggestion and wants to know who told him but he doesn't want to say and instead asks if something like this could happen without her knowledge?
SUSAN: I certainly hope not!
JOSH: It's just that this source, there appeared to be approval from the education department.
Susan asks if it was Brad who told him, but he says no and again refuses to say where from and leaves her with the information before departing.
Paul hovers for a minute looking at Naomi's contact card on his phone before scrolling to the bottom and deleting it.
Aaron drops by to show off his costume for the gig and to ask Nate along because he's nervous. Nate doesn't want to go with him because he doesn't want to see him dance around other guys.
AARON: So you don't want me to dance for other guys, you don't want me to dance for other girls, who am I meant to dance for?!
Nate tells him to ignore what he said and to go off and do his job and a very miffed off Aaron departs, sarcastically thanking Nate for his support.
Susan finally tracks Paul down to the bar and asks him if the rumour EHS is closing is true and he toes the ‘I can't help you,' line before quickly departing.
Tyler is impressed with the speed Steph is getting through the jobs and with a bit of badgering from Amy, allows her a 45 minute lunch break, with Amy shouting as a thanks for Steph's help earlier.
Steph heads inside to get her stuff and hides when Karl passes for a quick chat with Amy/Tyler before moving off, to which she and breathes a huge sigh of relief he's not come into the garage.
Grease Monkey's (exterior)
Amy/Steph have continued to bond over lunch and Amy hopes this is the first of many lunches they will share. Josh stops to see if Amy's seen Kyle but is told that he's out on a job before introducing him to his real life mum to Steph.
JOSH: Have we met before?
STEPH: Ah no, I don't think so.
JOSH: Mmm, your face looks really familiar.
STEPH: No, don't know why you think that.
Amy explains to him that Steph's the new mechanic at the garage but she's quick to interject to say that she is just on trial. “Which you're acing,” Amy adds but Steph doesn't want to count her chickens. Josh says his farewells and Steph comments to Amy that he “seems like a nice kid.” In turn, she tells her that the locals are good people and that she's been around for a few months after arriving with her son. Amy is delighted to tell Steph about Jimmy and show a photo of him and asks if she's got kids. Steph tells her that Charlie is almost the same age as Jimmy and that Adam has just turned 5.
Sheila can tell that Nate is unhappy and gets it out of him that he's uncomfortable about Aaron dancing in front of men and is having doubts about being with him because of that. “I think you should tell Aaron how you feel,” is Sheila's advice but Nate doesn't want to as it's not fair on Aaron because he can't handle it. Sheila still doesn't see why not especially if it's wrecking their relationship. “That's not fair, I've just got to take it for what it is,” he explains.
The working day is over and Steph thanks Tyler for giving her a chance to prove herself and when she asks if he's made a decision, is told that, “she's hired.”
TYLER: I'd be an idiot not to give you a job even though you boss me about like a big sister!
Steph is thrilled to get the job and hugs Tyler and promises to try and not be a big sister, but Tyler asks for her help as he's not used to being the boss.
STEPH: Thanks for the opportunity, you won't regret it.
Susan is getting nowhere trying to find out if what Josh told her is true or not. Paul drops by to talk to her about the nuisance she is making trying to find out the answer and tells him what else would he expect, it's her school.
PAUL: It's hardly your school.
SUSAN: I'm the Principal, you'd think I'd be kept in the loop on something this big!
Paul spouts out that info will be given on a need to know basis, which doesn't go down well with her! She tells him what she's found out so far – that the school is earmarked for review.
SUSAN: And yet no- one on the board has heard even a whisper and yet when I mentioned your name to my contact at the department, she knew exactly who you were. In fact, she said you were there just last week for a meeting. So tell me what's happening Paul or I will become an even bigger nuisance!
Paul finally decides to come clean with Susan and tells her that as enrolment has been down for the past 4 years, the school isn't economically viable.
SUSAN: It's a school, it's not there to make a profit!
PAUL: Yeah well I'm afraid money talks.
Paul then tells her that it's not a proposal, it's virtually a done deal!
PAUL: Erinsborough High will be shutting down.
SUSAN: How is that possible?
Paul then confirms that Eden Hills wants to buy the building so they can expand and Susan is quick to say that will cost the kids a fortune to go there.
SUSAN: Or else they are going to get shunted to the next state school.
PAUL: Looks like two very viable options to me.
SUSAN: And what about the teaching staff? We're all going to be out of a job?! How could you do this Paul?!! You're meant to be protecting the interests of the community!
He does apologies but adds that, “what is done is done,” leaving her speechless as he walks out of the house.
An arrested Aaron is being frogmarched from the car park to the station, asking the officers if this is how they treat the injured (he's limping) but is told to keep his mouth shut. Nate spots him and asks what's happened and Aaron explains he got arrested but doesn't get a chance to say why before the talking officer orders Nate out of the way, so Aaron asks him to call Mark.
Steph is finishing filling in the paperwork for her job inside the garage when outside, Karl arrives to borrow a crank spanner from Tyler to sort his tyre (his one has gone missing). Tyler leads Karl inside, and Steph is immediately worried, and when Tyler shouts out for Steph to see if she could help, Karl comments that there used to be a mechanic called Steph but before he can finish his sentence, comes face to face with Steph.
STEPH: Hi Karl.
TYLER: (confused) You guys know each other?
STEPH: Yes we do actually… we go way back.
- Karl wanting to know how much Steph's told Tyler.
- Steph pleading to Karl that she just needs a chance.
- Karl questioning if Erinsborough is the best place for Steph.
- Sonya being very protective of Nell when Steph comes calling.
- Paul aghast at seeing Steph.